We learned today that the UN is sending a team of eight environmental experts to figure out the damage from last week’s South Korean oil spill, the worst the nation has ever seen, caused by a leaking Hebei Spirit tanker.
Our hearts go out to the animals, land, and humans that are being affected by this disaster, and we can barely even bear to look at the insane damage:
Worst of all, it looks like S. Korea’s lack of preparasian is mostly to blame for the obscene spread of the oil:
“They weren’t prepared enough to control the spread,” Gi Tgan Hyuk, a spokesman for the Korea Federation For Environment Movement, told TIME. The group says the government should have put an oil fence around the tanker immediately to control the slick while rescue teams waited for heavy seas to settle down in order to plug the remaining holes in the tanker’s portside, a job that was completed only some 48 hours after the accident. While the government says it did place barriers around the tanker, environmental groups charge that the vessel wasn’t completely encircled, allowing oil to seep out.
Ugh. All we can say is: SOUTH KOREA, CLEAN UP THIS MESS.
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